Behavioral Science Unit – Part I

December 31, 2009

An overview of the history and responsibilities of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit which studies why criminals do what they do.

Audio Transcript

Mr. Schiff: Behavioral science. That’s what goes on in the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, created in 1972. Dr. Greg Vecchi is the chief.

Dr. Vecchi: “At that time, the National Academy training was moved from Washington, D.C., to the newly built FBI Academy.”

Mr. Schiff: The National Academy trains police officers from around the world. Dr. Vecchi says his unit not only studies serial killers and the like, but offers a lot of training.

Dr. Vecchi: “Applied behavioral sciences; courses in cyberspace, crisis management; in futuristics, in death investigations, gangs, spirituality, stress management, and terrorism.”

Mr. Schiff: Dr. Vecchi says there are two things about criminals, including serial killers, that he and his staff try to study.

Dr. Vecchi: “We want to answer why do they do things and we want to understand how do they do things.”

Mr. Schiff: When you are on the Internet, hit and check out the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. I’m Neal Schiff of the Bureau and that’s what’s happening at the “FBI, This Week.”

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